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By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

Cultural Perspectives: 100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 to 2011 – A Story from Within recently opened at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC). It was supposed to kick off during the International Festival of Burnsville on June 18, 2011 that included an Opening Reception but, unfortunately, the International Festival was canceled because of the constant rain that occurred throughout the day.

 By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

Cultural Perspectives: 100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 to 2011 – A Story from Within recently opened at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC). It was supposed to kick off during the International Festival of Burnsville on June 18, 2011 that included an Opening Reception but, unfortunately, the International Festival was canceled because of the constant rain that occurred throughout the day.

Fortunately the Cultural Perspectives exhibit which combines a collection of historical photos and an arts exhibition reflecting the Chinese American experience in Minnesota was being held inside the BPAC Gallery. The Gallery provided the perfect area to display this exhibit with 2,000 square feet of space with spacious white walls, dark natural wood flooring and vaulted ceiling.

GalleryTheCultural Perspectives exhibit is the focus of display at the BPAC Art Gallery
The motivation for focusing on the 100 years from 1911 to 2011 was inspired by the Minnesota Historical Society book, Chinese in Minnesota description –

"By 1910 the Chinese population had grown to nearly 400. This included more than 100 Chinese men in Iron Range towns, where they operated small businesses, including laundries, to meet the demands of the men who worked in lumber camps and mines. Family life developed slowly in Minnesota's early Chinese community and elsewhere in the United States, due to the restrictions of the immigration law, Chinese tradition, and the high cost of trans-Pacific travel. Nevertheless, at least six families were established in Minnesota before 1910."

The year 1911 is seen as a new beginning for the Chinese Americans in Minnesota, with established immigration patterns and the events which followed, such as: established cultural and social organizations, businesses, involvement in mainland politics, and active education exchange, etc. 

The exhibit contains information about Chinese immigration history in Minnesota, the settlement experience, and their memories in relationships to historical events back in the homeland.

The exhibit consists of two parts: there is the 100 Years Historical Photo Exhibition II that was first featured at the Historic Landmark Center and St. Paul, Minn and an exhibition of Chinese American Artists. 

Alejandra Pelinka (l) BPAC Art Gallery Director
extends welcome to gathering and artists in attendance
PhotosArtDirectorThe Artists' Exhibition features noted local artists' works that define and reflect Chinese American experience in Minnesota. Following is a list of the artist that are included in the exhibit along with their medium: James Chen, Sculpture; Elinor Lee Cheung, Acrylic and Oil Painting; Wing Young Huie, Documentary Photography; Daniel Lee, Chinese Brush Painting; Weiming Lu, Brush and Digital Exploration of Calligraphy; Camdi Phan, Oil Painting; Pei Shen, Calligraphy and Chinese Brush Painting; YuDong Shen, Chinese Brush and Oil Painting; Minghong Sun, Cross-Stitch Embroidery; Ian-En (Amy) Wiegert, Chinese Brush Painting; Cheuk Sang Yim, Chinese Brush Painting; Anlin Zen, Portrait Photography; Cai Yun Zhou, Paper Cutting; Katie Zhou, Nature Photography.
 

 

PhotosArtWeimingLindaCalligrapher/Artist Weiming Lu discusses his exploration of brush and digital calligraphy with Linda Hugh
During the opening night reception, guests were provided an opportunity to meet and visit with most of the artists that were in attendance and were provided a guided tour of the exhibit. 

The exhibit is made possible in part by funds provided by the MN Historical Society, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from a grant from The McKnight Foundation and an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature and is sponsored by: Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), Asian Media Access.

The free exhibit will continue to be on display until July 16, 2011. BFAC is located at 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, Minn. For additional information and Gallery hours, visit www.burnsvillepac.com.

Additional information on future events can be obtained by visiting http://roc100minnesota.info/, calling: 651-733-9827, or e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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